Producers behind modern adaptations of “Scooby-Doo” have officially confirmed that Velma Dinkley, the franchise’s nerdy female character, is a lesbian.
In an Instagram post during “Pride” Month, “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” producer Tony Cervone confirmed that “there’s no news here” In an image “outing” Velma and another character, Marcie “Hot Dog Water” Fleach.
While he doesn’t “represent every version of Velma Dinkley,” the one that he does represent is indeed lesbian, Cervone explains.
“I’ve said this before, but Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She’s gay. We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character while she was dating Shaggy, because that relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulty with the why,” Cervone added in a comment on the post, according to BuzzFeed. “I don’t think Marcie and Velma had to act on their feelings during the main timeline, but post reset, they are a couple. You can not like it, but this was our intention.”
Over the weekend, screenwriter James Gunn confirmed that Velma in his early 2001 live-action Scooby-Doo was intended to be “explicitly gay,” but “the studio just kept watering [his script] down.”
I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel). 😐 https://t.co/Pxho6Ju1oQ
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 13, 2020
LGBT outlet Pink News reported that a kiss was shot between Velma and fellow female lead Daphne, but that the scene was deleted from the film.
Gunn told Pink News that that and other scenes were deleted to secure a PG rating after “like three parents were outraged at a test screening in Sacramento.”
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